by Lisa McRitchie on 12/05/11 at 03:00 AM ET
Edmonton Oilers’ Swedish prospect Oscar Klefbom has had a less than ideal season so far. In September Klefbom suffered a cut to his thigh and subsequently a leg infection. Most recently, Klefbom suffered a concussion. Recently however, November 24th, Klefbom was able to return to his Swedish Elite Team (SEL) Färjestad BK. Should Klefbom remain healthy for the next month, we will be able to see Klefbom represent his country at the World Juniors tournament in Calgary.
Klefbom has been named to the team Sweden 23 man roster of which only 4 players have not been drafted into the NHL and are 2012 draft eligible. The available players are 4 forwards:
This season, Klefbom has played for Färjestad of the SEL and also their junior affiliate Färjestad SuperElit.It’s trickier tracking prospects playing in Sweden than it is tracking prospects playing in the WHL. Thanks to the Swedish Oiler correspondent Martin Lundén, it has been easier to get injury and playing updates.
Klefbom has also represented his country in the European Trophy competition (ET), but this is where the young defenceman suffered his concussion.
Because of all that Klefbom has been through, it is difficult to see what the Oilers have in Klefbom, but we know that the Oilers’ head of amateur scouting was very excited about Klefbom. It was considered lucky for the Oilers that Klefbom was available at #19 at the 2011 NHL entry draft. This pick was the result of the Dustin Penner trade. Hopefully his injury woes are behind him, and team Sweden will have a good showing at the World Juniors.
The Oilers’ should have a number of prospects representing their countries at this year’s tournament. As rosters are released in the coming weeks, we will have a better idea of who will be there.
OILERS AT THE WJ’s
* Team Canada: G Tyler Bunz (1 of 4 G’s named, 2 make the team)
* Team Czech: D David Musil (named to prelim roster, should be a lock)
* Team Latvia: L Krisitans Pelss (has been named to the team)
* Team Slovakia: D Martin Gernat (has been named to the team)
* Team Slovakia: D Martin Marincin (has been named to the team)
* Team Sweden: D Oscar Klefbom (has been named to the team)
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